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Tuesday, March 23, 2021   /   by Soraya Joud

Upgrade Your Home for Little Money

For many, the thought of home improvements can bring about worry. Between costly and lengthy projects, updates can often seem like they’re not worth the hassle. But not to fear! These relatively easy home upgrades are cost effective and can also increase the overall value of your home—a definite win-win!







Paint the kitchen cabinetsNew cabinets are costly. But a few coats of paint can transform both your cabinets and the kitchen itself for less than half of the cost. Simply remove the doors and hardware, sand, and paint a color of your choice.







Replace hardwareWeathered cabinet handles can drastically age your home. Swap out the hardware in the kitchen and bathroom for modern knobs and handles. Your local hardware store will have a variety to select from.







Update light switch platesDid you know that you can replace a light switch plate for less than one dollar? You can even take it one step further by painting them the same color ae ...

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021   /   by Soraya Joud

Design Trends for 2021

Now is the time to start thinking about how you want to update your space in 2021. If you’re wondering how the design trends are looking this year, here is a great place to start!
Less Is More
After Marie Kondo took over last year, there is no surprise that the idea of ‘less is more’ is trending in the decor space. Take the time to check each space in your home and ensure your decor is intentional. Make sure all of your belongings have a place and that they all serve a purpose.
Scandinavian and Japanese style
Both cultures celebrate minimalism while also encouraging functionality. With white shades dominating spaces in this style, you will also find natural woods and materials in large spaces that are open and bright. 
Personalization
One of the most marked trends in interior design is focused on the personalization of your space. Take into account what you already love when creating spaces in your home without worrying about what others consider stylish or ...

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021   /   by Soraya Joud

What to Expect from the Closing Process

When you watch a show on HGTV where an eager young couple is looking for a home, it usually ends when the offer is accepted. In real life, however, that is only the beginning of the story. The closing or escrow process has its own rules and challenges. By being prepared for each step of the process, you’ll be able to stay calm, cool, and collected—even if the unexpected occurs.
Generally, the closing process takes anywhere from 30­–­60 days. In the case of a cash transaction, it may take less time to close, since much of the timeline is built around a loan approval. By contrast, in the case of a sale with a home sale or purchase contingency, the closing process can take quite a bit longer.
Most escrow periods will include the following steps, though there may be some variability based on market conditions and the type of mortgage for which you are applying.






Home Inspection
One of the first things that will happen after your offer is accepted ...

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Thursday, November 19, 2020   /   by Soraya Joud

Should You List Your Home During the Holidays?

Whether you’re big on Halloween parties, planning the perfect Thanksgiving feast, or focusing on the December holiday season, if you’re also planning to sell your home, you may be contemplating holding off until January. After all, nobody buys houses this time of year, do they? In 2020, the answer may very well be “Yes, they do.”
The COVID-delayed spring market and pent-up buyer demand, along with low inventory in the spring and summer selling season and record-low interest rates, means that for many buyers the search for the perfect home is ongoing. If you were thinking of waiting until 2021 to sell your home, you might want to consider moving your plans up and listing your home during the fall and winter months to take advantage of strong buyer demand.



Advantages of Listing a Home During the Holidays
There are plenty of good reasons to list your home during the holiday season, including the following:
You’re likely to find more motivated buye ...

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